Leg­isla­tive Off Sea­son Still Of­fers Plenty Of Work

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in the years ahead. We all share your pride in what you have ac­com­plished and are grate­ful for the sup­port of ded­i­cated teach­ers, fam­i­lies and class­mates.

In ad­di­tion to stu­dent aca­demic and ath­letic suc­cesses, we were very ex­cited to learn about US News & World Re­port’s se­lec­tion of Mililani High School for the Bronze Medal, rec­og­niz­ing it as one of the 11 best high schools in the state of Hawaii. The mag­a­zine’s eval­u­a­tion process in­cluded an anal­y­sis of math and read­ing pro­fi­ciency scores, along with col­lege-readi­ness per­for­mance. Based on Ad­vanced Place­ment test scores, MHS is near the top of Hawaii’s schools that pro­duce the best col­lege-level achieve­ment for the high­est per­cent­ages of their stu­dents.

Our 2013 Hawaii leg­isla­tive ses­sion ended three weeks ago, and I am pleased to re­port there are sev­eral items in the state’s bud­get that will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our com­mu­ni­ties. Here is a quick sum­mary:

• Cen­tral Oahu (Wai­pio) Am­bu­lance Fa­cil­ity: $3,850,000 for plan­ning, de­sign, con­struc­tion and equip­ment

• Ku­nia Agri­cul­tural Park: $ 2,500,000 for de­sign and con­struc­tion

• Mililani Mid­dle School: $300,000 for resur­fac­ing the park­ing lot

• Mililani Waena El­e­men­tary School: $325,000 for in­stal­la­tion and/ or re­place­ment of air conditioning equip­ment

• Ki­papa Stream (Roo­sevelt) Bridge: $1,000,000 for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or re­place­ment

Also, the Leg­is­la­ture has been able to set aside some fund­ing for non­profit com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide valu­able ser­vices to our neigh- bor­hoods. This year, we au­tho­rized a $ 100,000 grant for the Mililani Pres­by­te­rian Church Preschool for con­struc­tion and ex­pan­sion.

Even though our of­fi­cial work­ing ses­sion has ended, prepa­ra­tions for the 2014 cal­en­dar al­ready have be­gun.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Donna Mer­cado Kim has re­quested that the var­i­ous com­mit­tees iden­tify is­sues and fol­low-up leg­is­la­tion that we can work on over the next few months be­fore we con­vene again in Jan­uary.

In ad­di­tion, the leg­isla- tive au­di­tor will be work­ing on sev­eral re­ports we have re­quested — such as the re­cently re­leased ex­am­i­na­tion of the lease pro­gram for the Depart­ment of Hawai­ian Home Lands — that raise con­cerns that may need our at­ten­tion.

I heard from many of you on a num­ber of is­sues over the last sev­eral months, and I al­ways wel­come your in­put on any of your con­cerns.

Con­tact me any time at SenKi­dani@Capi­tol.Hawa ii. gov or at my State Capi­tol of­fice, Room 228, tele­phone 586-7100.

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